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    Phoronix: Fedora Developers Discussing Possibility Of Dropping Legacy BIOS Support

    Fedora stakeholders are debating the merits of potentially ending legacy BIOS support for the Linux distribution and to only support UEFI-based installations...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...gacy-BIOS-Drop

  • #2
    Fedora always has the best plumbing of implementation details like this.

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    • #3
      I don't really see the problem. If push comes to shove, you can run an EFI on a legacy system - that's how Hackintoshes work on legacy systems.

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      • #4
        omg but I think the decision will be very stupid. I myself have two working PCs that I still use BIOS.
        For me, Fedora has been pushing stupid ideas lately.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by xpris View Post
          omg but I think the decision will be very stupid. I myself have two working PCs that I still use BIOS.
          For me, Fedora has been pushing stupid ideas lately.
          They often suggest stuff like this, just to gauge the reaction. If they just have a poll, no one replies. If they threaten to remove stuff, everyone replies. I doubt they'll actually do it.

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          • #6
            Is this more about shifting to systemd-boot than it is about dropping BIOS support?

            And that 2005 argument isn't the best since my 16 core 2010 system came with a BIOS. This seems more political than practical at this point; especially since there isn't a defined and agreed upon manner to handle legacy BIOS systems nor was there even a proposal to handle them. If we can all agree on something like rEFInd or Coreboot+Seabios, cool beans, but until then....I dunno, seems like the better question would be "How do we get systemd-boot onto legacy systems so we can drop GRUB and streamline the Fedora experience?".

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            • #7
              There's still machines with BIOS that are viable. My dual-socket Opteron is a little power hungry but can compile Linux 5.4.x in about 7 and a half minutes. I hope they keep BIOS/legacy booting around until I can afford a Threadripper upgrade

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              • #8
                This is 100% asinine and should be abandoned for at least 5 years.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by birdie View Post
                  This is 100% asinine and should be abandoned for at least 5 years.
                  sure, why not make it difficult if it could have just worked ;-)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JustinTurdeau View Post

                    They often suggest stuff like this, just to gauge the reaction. If they just have a poll, no one replies. If they threaten to remove stuff, everyone replies. I doubt they'll actually do it.
                    Keep in mind, it is a public mailing list and anyone can post ideas. This is a volunteer contributor posting his personal idea. If it is popular and people don't see a problem, it may get implemented. Quite frequently on changes like this, people point out issues and it gets shot down. I wouldn't freak out just because an idea gets posted in a list. If you have something useful to contribute, feel free to participate though

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